Intellectual property

In support of the university's efforts to patent, license and commercialize the results of university research for the public benefit, RPAC provides intellectual property policy guidance on the technology transfer efforts of the 10 UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  

Innovation Alliances and Services (IAS), a unit of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS), works alongside RPAC in implementing the UC Technology Transfer Program through direct commercialization efforts such as filing patent protection or seeking commercial licensees for UC-invented intellectual property.


Business and Finance Bulletin G-40 Link

August 1, 1994

University of California Patent Program


UC Copyright Education Web Site Link

A website devoted to educating the larger UC academic community about copyright.

Licensing/technology transfer

Licensing Guidelines PDF

February 1, 2012

These guidelines provide a general understanding of the objectives, practices and issues involved in the university licensing program.

RPAC Memo 12-02: Revised University Licensing Guidelines (February 1, 2012) Link

Equity policy Link

February 15, 2002

This policy permits the acceptance of equity in a company as partial consideration for technology licensing-related transactions.

Equity policy PDF | Guidelines on Accepting Equity When Licensing University Technology PDF

Non-Exclusive Royalty-Free Invention Rights (NERF) Program

RPAC Operating Guidance Memo 12-01 Link | OTT Operating Guidance Memo 08-06 Link

A Tutorial on Technology Transfer in U.S. Colleges and Universities PDF

An overview of technology transfer at U.S. research universities by the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR).

Technology Transfer Annual Reports

The Technology Transfer Annual Report documents technology transfer activity and associated financial results arising under the University of California patent policy.

IP guidance pertaining to sponsored research and research collaborations

Negotiating patent terms in research agreements

Standard patent clause

Business and Finance Bulletin G-39 PDF

Conflict-of-interest policy and compendium of specialized university policies, guidelines and regulations related to conflict-of-interest.

OTT Memo 2000-01: Tax Reform Act of 1986 Link

May 24, 2000

Provides information on the applicability of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 to the university's basic research activities, the negotiation of sponsored research agreements and multiparty cooperative research agreements, and conditions under which the university is exempt from certain provisions of the act.

Tax Reform Act of 1986 Link

C&G Manual Chapter 11 Link

Intellectual Property & Related Matters

Material transfer agreements

Material transfer agreements (MTAs) are legal agreements that govern the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations.

Educational and reference materials

Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers Link

An interactive overview of patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets.


Janna Tom

Associate Director

Phone: (510) 587-6059


Gigi Capuyan

Research Policy Manager

Phone: (510) 987-9713


Felice Lu

Research Policy Manager

Phone: (510) 987-0348